Chart Buzz: Lady Gaga, Adele, Brad Paisley, Kelly Rowland

Posted June 10, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Lady Gaga keeps her crown at No. 1, Adele’s not far behind, country stars continue to dominate and Kelly Rowland is “motivated” with No. 1 R&B single

Lots of buzz action on the charts this week.

Lady Gaga, who triumphed her way to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 last week selling over 1, 108,000 copies of her second full-length album Born This Way (led by Amazon.con’s .99 cent digital album sale), continues her reign at No. 1. The “fame monster” made history on the first week of its release, despite the bad economy for selling over a million copies in a week, but also made history for having the biggest drop in record sales in the recurring week. The sales dropped 84% from last week, becoming the steepest drop-off in sales of any of the 17 albums that sold 1 million copies in a week in all of Nielsen Soundscan history. Born This Way is also supported by four singles: the heaviest of them all being “The Edge of Glory,” which hold down No. 4 for a second week on the Hot Digital Songs’ chart.

Nevertheless, Gaga’s on top, selling 174,000 copies this week. But Adele, the reigning UK pop-soul songstress, wasn’t that far behind. Adele’s sophomore album 21, which is currently 53 thousand copies behind Born This Way this week, rebounds 3-2. Analysts predict Adele will snatch the No. 1 spot from Gaga next week. On record, 21 has surpassed the 2 million mark, becoming the first album in 2011 to do so. Adele is also contiuning her reign at the Hot Digital Songs’ survey with her midtempo gospel-blues burner “Rolling In the Deep,” sitting at No. 1 for the fifth week in a row.

Coming in at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively are new releases from Death Cab for Cutie (Codes and Keys, 102,000) and Eddie Vedder (Ukulele Songs, 71,000). My Morning Jacket‘s latest disc, Circuital, wound up taking the No. 5 spot, while Brad Paisley‘s fifth studio album, This Is Country Music, ended up at No. 6, on week two of its release. The album debuted at No. 2 last week, behind Gaga’s Born This Way, but maintains its posture on the Country Albums chart at No. 1. Also in the world of country, Jason Aldean is showing no signs of slowing down with his album My Kinda Party. The album nudges from No. 9 to No. 8 in its 31st week being on the Billboard 200. His latest and third single, “Dirt Road Anthem,” is also making strong impressions on the Hot Digital Songs’ chart, jumping from No. 23 to No. 16.

Gospel trio-turned-duo Trin-i-tee 5:7 enters the Billboard 200 this week at No. 20 with their newest album, Angle & Chanelle. It’s the first time the urban contemporary gospel group has entered the Top 40 since their 1998 self-titled debut album.

The New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys unite on their “best-of” compilation NKOTBSB. The album debuted at number 7 last week, but has slipped to No. 2. Other major album drops include the ‘Glee’ compilation, Glee, The Music: Season Two Volume 6 (4-10).

In the digital sales world, Lil Wayne is still making great leaps. “How to Love” swooped from No. 52 to No. 5 in its second week on the Hot Digitial Songs survey. It entered the Hot 100 last week at No. 69. Lupe Fiasco re-enters into the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Show Goes On” (10-12). Dance-pop producers LMFAO are pushing their “Party Rock Anthem” up the charts, climbing from No. 9 to No. 6, where it has so far peaked to date.

Beyonce Knowles may need to take a few pointers from former Destiny’s Child partner Kelly Rowland. The R&B singer is maintaining her No. 1 seat on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs’ chart with “Motivation.” The song, also featuring a guest spot from Lil Wayne, is her second No. 1 R&B single. Her first, the Nelly-supported “Dilemma,”  was her 2002 debut single as a solo artist. “Motivation” has peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On the Billboard Hot 100 (Week of June 18, 2011):

#1 “Rolling In the Deep” – Adele
#2 “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer
#3 “E.T.” – Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
#4 “The Lazy Song” – Bruno Mars
#5 “On the Floor” – Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
#6 “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO feat.Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
#7 “The Edge of Glory” – Lady Gaga
#8 “Just Can’t Get Enough” – The Black Eyed Peas
#9 “Till the World Ends” – Britney Spears
#10 “The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco

CHART BUZZ is a bi-monthly series tracing the latest airplay, radio impressions  and unit sales numbers governed by Billboard and measured by Nielsen Soundscan. For more chart information and additional chart data, go to or Visit our abbreviated Billboard and iTunes charts at:

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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